.

100 Best Albums of the Nineties

32

Nine Inch Nails, 'The Downward Spiral'


Nine Inch Nails, 'The Downward Spiral'
32/100

Trent Reznor has the shock-antic instincts of an old Hollywood B-movie producer. He made publicity hay out of the fact that part of this album was recorded in the L.A. mansion where Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson's gang; he also inspired arenas of teenagers to sing along to the unforgettable chorus of "Closer": "I want to fuck you like an animal." Yet this is finely wrought gore, a swan dive into Reznor's deep vat of discontent, in which he vents as effectively in tense, muted moments ("I Do Not Want This") as he does in the full-bore, machine-generated terror of the title track. In a genre — industrial rock — wracked with cliché, Reznor demonstrates the many shades of gray that make up abject despair.

Rolling Stone's 1997 Review

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time: Nine Inch Nails

Photos: 2011 Oscars' Best Moments


blog comments powered by Disqus
 
www.expandtheroom.com